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The Beginner's American History

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Published: 1893
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,977 / 209 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.5
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 2,031
Added to site: 2006.04.06
mnybks.net#: 13374
Genre: History

This little book is intended by the writer as an introduction to his larger work entitled The Leading Facts of American History.

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Two hours after midnight a cannon was fired from the foremost vessel. It was the glad signal that the long-looked-for land was actually in sight. There it lay directly ahead, about six miles away.

[Illustration: Map showing the direction in which Columbus sailed on his great voyage across the ocean.]

Then Columbus gave the order to furl sails, and the three vessels came to a stop and waited for the dawn. When the sun rose on Friday, October 12th, 1492, Columbus saw a beautiful island with many trees growing on it. That was his first sight of the New World.

13. Columbus lands on the island and names it; who lived on the island.--Attended by the captains of the other two vessels, and by their crews, Columbus set out in a boat for the island. When they landed, all fell on their knees, kissed the ground for joy, and gave thanks to God. Columbus named the island San Salvador[14] and took possession of it, by right of discovery, for the king and queen of Spain.

[Illustration: LANDI

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